Comparatives?

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Just wondering which of the following sentence is correct....

Can sombody pls help me out to eliminate the worng ans..

Since 1970 the number of Blacks elected to state and federal offices in the United States has multiplied nearly four times.

Since 1970 the number of Blacks elected to state and federal offices in the United States has almost quadrupled

Since 1970 the number of Blacks elected to state and federal offices in the United States has almost multiplied by four

Since 1970 the number of Blacks elected to state and federal offices in the United States is nearly fourfold what it was

Since 1970 the number of Blacks elected to state and federal offices in the United States is almost four times as great

Thanks
Why not start by making some comments on each one, telling us what you think.

Then we can talk about them.

CJ
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I would attempt this one. It is not coming naturally to me.

I will pick the following:

Since 1970 the number of Blacks elected to state and federal offices in the United States has almost quadrupled.

I used the process of elimination, using the following trick:
The number of Blacks elected has almost quadrupled.

My question:
What is wrong with "The number of Blacks elected has multiplied nearly four times."
Oh! I see it.

Usage of multiply: Multiply by 4 and not multiply by 4 times. Right?
engismy2ndlangMultiply by 4 and not multiply by 4 times. Right?
Yes.

CJ
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